Will replacing a regular fluorescent floodlight with and infrared floodlight increase the clarity/range of my night vision cameras? If not, are there other methods to increase clarity/range of my night vision cameras, without replacing said cameras?

Found the following bulb:


Says it's a "Heat Lamp," which sortof threw me. Should that qualification deter me from procuring it? Incandescent bulbs produce heat, what's the difference with infrared bulbs? Isn't that just the tinting of the light itself?

  • @Kris kudos for the clarity bit. knew when i wrote that, that it likely wouldn't improve clarity. just updated the question with more info, care to clarify? i'd appreciate the input, especially from a credible source ... Oct 15, 2015 at 1:20
  • Maybe a stupid question (as I don't see you mention this exactly), but is the camera an IR camera or just a low light camera? The only way a heat bulb would work is if the camera is an IR receiving camera ... then things would probably show up like nobody's business. Oct 15, 2015 at 1:42
  • What you have there is a infrared heat lamp, but what you're trying to accomplish uses infrared light-emitting diodes. Most decent IP cams come with built in infrared LEDs.
    – Kris
    Oct 15, 2015 at 2:29
  • Is this for a 35mm camera or rifle scope?
    – ojait
    Oct 15, 2015 at 2:37
  • The heat lamp will brighten the objects and give you a greater field of view. And it won't fry your night vision apparatus.
    – ojait
    Oct 15, 2015 at 2:39

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Night vision, the type most sold to the public, relies on some low level lighting to enhance and produce objects. Infra red light does this or any light with a red output (or any red colored lens in front of a standard bulb). The heat lamp spot bulb will allow you to view objects in a larger area(or field of view) and see them brighter, but unless your camera or scope has a lens that can focus you will not be able to see any further than what the lens is set at.

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